13th January 2018

Winter brings in many birds- 25 species in the garden this week, including the Stock Dove, in from surrounding pastures of Sheffield to feed on seeds under feeders. A little smaller than Wood Pigeons, and lacking their white neck and wing bars, this pigeon is a pest on farmland but East Anglian Warreners (‘farmers’ of wild rabbits) used to take advantage of their habit of nesting in Rabbit holes. They would put sticks across the entrance to warrens so adults could still feed the young, and then,

Stock Dove

Stock dove

fattened up, they would take the young for the pot. Their Finnish name is wonderful: Uuttukyyhky: spell check doesn’t even bother! Conditions: The dark, dull days continue. Temperature: Max 6- Min 3C.

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